- May 13, 2012
Game changes happen (ask Bo).
- Feb 2 2013, 04:35 PM
- Feb 2 2013, 04:18 PM
- Feb 2 2013, 04:00 PM
Thanks for the responses, TomSawyer and SoapGal. And I do see what you're saying. I wonder about the audience attention span thing, and I guess I don't know the answer. I would say if you want long term viewers for a long term show that's on a five days per week format, tell long term stories and tell them well, but maybe the evidence TPTB find doesn't match up with that. But this Ejami hookup and the general happiness it seems to have created among those who like EJ/Sami has me wondering something. Okay, so Jack and Jennifer are my "it" couple. This last time around, they also got the slap together treatment, when there was so much crap that I thought they needed to get through first. Basically, I felt like there was a really good story there, and it was skipped. So I was mad. I wasn't thrilled with Jack and Jennifer's hook up at all. That seemed to me the general feeling among those who love Jack and Jennifer. At least on paper, it looks to me like a similar hook up has occurred with EJami, yet EJ/Sami lovers seem to be generally pleased with it. So there's a difference here, but what is it? Is it that I knew that Jack and Jennifer's insta-reconciliation would either lead to them being written off together (best case scenario) or to Jack being killed off again so that Jennifer could be tried with yet another himbo (worst case), while we all know EJ/Sami are most likely going to continue to get screen time? Is it because Jack and Jennifer didn't even get a love scene, but EJ and Sami will most likely be rolling around for a couple of episodes? Because I don't think the EJ/Sami hookup was handled any more believably than Jack and Jennifer's, and I think in both cases, a good story was passed over. And what I really hate is being deprived of a good story, when it's sitting right there for anyone with any degree of competence as a writer to capitalize on. I suppose at least the EJ/Sami scenes are getting some serious focus and are much better than what Jack and Jennifer got (also, Rafe seems to have been deposed more thoroughly than Dan was), even if a lot of stuff that shouldn't have been (in my opinion) was skipped with EJ/Sami too. Anyway, the difference is interesting to me.
I think the difference is that this is the FIRST TIME that Ejami has been shown as mutually in love and committed to each other, and it's been over 6 1/2 years of waiting for this moment. This week, we got Sami saying she thinks they belong together. And then next week, they are going to have sex and both be happy after it. And also next week, she is finally going to say that she loves him and actually mean it. These are all firsts for Ejami which I think makes these moments inherently more exciting, even if the set up for these moments wasn't written perfectly.
Yeah, I can see that. Still a missed opportunity, I think. And not enough to get me invested in Ejami again, because though it was 6 1/2 years, a lot of it wasn't waiting. A lot of it was nothing. A lot of it was spent ruining anything that hooked me in the first place. But clearly, it's enough for a lot of people, so cheers to those who have hung on with Ejami. Enjoy and take what you can get from this show, I guess. At this point, for me it's become more of an interest in a unique and changing genre. Because I think the show itself is boring as all get out. because it doesn't make me care about the characters anymore, and it doesn't get me invested in their relationships.
Concerned, as to EJ meeting his demise . . . maybe . . . but I doubt it. It'd be a major game changer for this show though, as it has relied so heavily on EJ and Sami (not always together though) for years now.
I think they have been grooming Daniel and Rafe for quite a while to take over as male lead (in fact I feel as if they are already nearly there in terms of storyline time). There are a lot of male actors in the JS age range on the canvas and if things start to heat up with Eric and Brady they are moving in to take a bigger slice of the pie. So they already have the back up team in place and ready to take over.
Once EJ and Sami are together I'm not sure where they can go with the two of them, EJ always seems to revolve solely around Sami whenever they are together, and I can't imagine JS is interested in playing it that way for too long.
I am really struggling to think of potential storylines with EJ and Sami other than EJ following Sami around and putting out her fires. The two of them working together on major cosmetic company dramas would just be excruciating.
Once the Wabi storyline is resolved (which again is a story that focuses on Sami and EJ is just a support player) there isn't much out there.